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Frederick M. Appleton, MD

Hanover, N.H. — Frederick M. Appleton, MD died peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Fred was the son of Frederick and Marion Appleton, born Feb. 23, 1936 in Hudson, N.Y. He graduated from Hobart College in 1957 where he was the Goalie for the Varsity Lacrosse team. He then went on to graduate from Albany Medical College at the top of his class in 1961. Internship and a residency in internal medicine followed in Boston at both New England Medical Center Hospital and Boston City Hospital. Following his residency, Fred completed a two year fellowship in renal disease at the New England Medical Center. From 1965-1967, he served as an officer in the United States Public Health Service in Denver, Colo. and then became the director of the dialysis unit at Rochester General Hospital (N.Y.) until 1970. Dr. Appleton then found a true home as both Assistant and then Associate Professor of Medicine at the Dartmouth Medical School from 1970 until his retirement in 1997. During his tenure he was voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year in both 1986 and 1995 by his many students. Through a long and outstanding career at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, he became director of the dialysis unit and treated thousands of patients who regularly shared their deep respect and enduring gratitude for him. In addition, he derived great pleasure from being part of the Hitchcock team and loved and respected the many colleagues with whom he shared his professional life.

A member of numerous honorary and professional societies, Fred also found time for volunteer work, serving on the Hanover school board, working as a patient assistant at DHMC after his retirement, and also helping to clear his beloved hiking trails around Hanover.

A friend to all, Fred was a key member of various long-standing poker clubs with friends who spanned many years. He loved music of all kinds but especially classical and jazz. An avid runner and sports fan, he could regularly be found cheering in the stands at Dartmouth athletic events and on the sidelines of his grandchildren’s games. He enjoyed adventure and travel, which took him to such far off exotic locations as Africa and the Galapagos Islands. It was on these trips that he was able to use his love of photography to capture stunning photographs of the animals and natural landscapes that he treasured so dearly.

At home most with nature, he shared this passion with dear friends on annual fishing trips to the Dartmouth College Grant in Errol, N.H., and with family on many hikes and excursions in the woods of Vermont and New Hampshire. He especially enjoyed many summers at his lake house in Vermont where he would man the grill, drive the waterski boat and teach his grandchildren how to fish.

In 1955, while working at a summer resort on Lake George, he met the love of his life, Patricia (nee Morris), whom he married 1958. They shared 55 wonderful years of marriage and built an enduring family, all of whom survive him: son, Michael and wife, Yvonne, and granddaughters, Mallory, Janine, and Heidi of Marlborough, Conn., his son, Kevin and wife, Pam, and grandsons, Will and Tom of Durham, N.H., his daughter, Julie Gabriele and husband, Fred, and grandson, Tyler and granddaughter, Monika of New Canaan, Conn., and his son, Paul, and his wife, Caitlin and granddaughter Emily, and grandsons, James, Liam and Johnny of Cohasset, Mass.

The family particularly wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and health care providers who cared for him during his final years.

A celebration of his life will be planned at later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dartmouth College with a memo indicating “In memory of Dr. Appleton for the Second College Grant Reserve.” Checks should be made out to Dartmouth College and mailed to: Dartmouth College, Office of Gift Recording, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH, 03755, and Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice (107 Newport Road, New London, NH 03257).